Monday, 1 November 2010

Could it Be a Sad End?

Well, it's been six months since I have been laid off from my last employer. Chris and I have not worked on any projects for that period of time and I suspect that it could be the end of 'RC Wood Creations'. I have not heard from Chris since I was laid off, so I suspect that he is no longer interested in working on anything or I figure that I would have heard from him by now stating otherwise. It's too bad really, I enjoyed the time we spent working together on projects.

So, I will be shutting down this blog site over the next two weeks as I no longer have anything to contribute to it nor the desire. I have moved on to better and more positive things and you can now find me at:

newagainedm.blogspot.com (New Again Furniture).

Thanks for the ride and maybe I'll see you on the other side.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Amazing Dissappearing Blog Posts

I have no idea if it is against blog etiquette to remove blog posts from a blog or not? If you are a regular reader of this site, you may notice that some items are missing from the most current updates. Well, there is a reason for that.

Things seem to stall quite a bit at RC for various reasons (and not just the fault of the men behind the scenes). While Chris and I are still working together on RC Wood Creations, we have not given up our day jobs in order to primarily pursue this project. This translates that we work together when we find the time. So things don't always move as fast as people assume it should.

Chris and I used to work together in the same company, but for the past few years, we had both moved into different areas of the company. Eventually, my area of the company started lay-offs because of the recession and I was eventually one of the casualties. But finding myself unemployed and with lots of free time did not mean that Chris could share the same luxury. It's now been three months since that has happened. I had a chance to figure out what I want to do with my future now that it has taken a new turn.

But having all that free time meant that I was able to tackle some wood projects of my own that Chris couldn't be involved in. The projects were successful but were being done with a different business model in mind. At first, I just posted the new projects on this blog site as I went along not really concerned about how it would look to the outsider. However, this was a misrepresentation of the works as they were not actually a product of both Chris and myself. So, when I wrote about them, I never mentioned Chris as being a part of any of them. This made him look absent and that simply wasn't the message I was trying to convey.

The solution? Separate the projects as they should have been in the first place. This way, RC Wood projects are still a collaboration of two friends and the solo work was given a new home so it could be treated equally but separately. The new home of the solo projects I have worked on myself can now be found at:

http://newagainedm.blogspot.com

I call my other business project 'New Again' Furniture. Make sure you stop by and check it out. But keep RC bookmarked because there are still more good things to come.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Smaller Playhouses Have Arrived!



The smaller playhouses are finally in the production phase. Although the original model will still be available (4X4X4), these new units have lost a foot making them easier for families with smaller dwellings. Not everybody has a large room to put these units in so we decided to make two sizes available.

We have also upped our design quality making these units much more attractive than the original ones we were producing. The only drawback is that they DO take longer to produce, but that's a good thing. It's worth it in the end.

We will keep you posted as to how the new units are progressing. For now, I have included a sneak peek at an unfinished unit. The only new secret we will reveal at this time is that the new units have a chalkboard surface inside so children can design their own furniture and other assorted artwork to decorate their house. This was something we had never included before.



I hope you are as excited as we are about the finished products.

Monday, 7 June 2010

When Life Throws You Lemons

Not much has happened here lately. I spent the last two weeks putting up a new fence, which, I have to say, turned out really well. Not bad for a first attempt. Chris gave me a quick lesson on what I needed by helping lay out the string lines and to stand the first 7 posts. So, that was definitely a big help.

But in the last two weeks, I was laid off from my job of 8 and a half years, the place Chris and I both work. Chris is still there, however, but that's good for him because he is happy with what he does and they still seem happy with him. I, on the other hand, have not decided what I plan to do with myself yet. Actually, that's not totally true. I have an idea.

So, hopefully things will get rolling again with 'RC Wood Creations' soon. If not then it's definitely been an interesting ride.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Very Busy Again!

Chris and I have been busy plugging away at some more playhouses. We decided to make these units smaller, as I had mentioned in an earlier post. I suspect that they will be more popular in the new size. However, we will still keep the older model size available if any one wants a custom one.

I have also been working on refurbishing an old coffee table to make it match the telephone table I whipped together in the new year. The table was so successful that I decided to keep the momentum going. I'll try to post pictures when I have completed the project.

Other projects that are still on tap? Fireplace screens (more on that later), a digital media player (basically, still the plan of building a computer controlled music player), an arcade machine (still in the very early stages), a dollhouse design and even to continue to re purpose old furniture. Some of these projects are with Chris and some of them are personal affairs. Either way, I hope to see some successes this year.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Traditional Cub Car

There is a reason why I am showing you a picture of my dirty Dodge Magnum.

My oldest son recently came home from his Cub Scout meeting and announced that he needed to build a 'Cub Car'. For anyone not familiar with what this is, I'll explain it. The Scouts are given a box which contains everything you need to build a 'Cub Car'. The outside of the box is decorated with professional advertising, obviously remaining unchanged since the 1950's and inside this box are 4 wheels, 4 metal pins, an instruction manual and a block of pine. The block of pine is unfinished in almost every way except for two small grooves located where the wheels will go.

The trick is to make the block of wood look like a car.

There are certain regulations and proper measurements you must adhere to when designing your car or it can be disqualified. Other than that, your imagination is all you have holding you back. Here are some consecutive photos of the design process and the end result.



I smell a winner here.

Smaller, New and Improved!

Yes, you read that right! Chris has been working hard at building some new models of the playhouses we currently sell. These units are a tad bit smaller than the originals and we are finally rolling out some new designs. I hope to have some pictures online ASAP.

We are going to try and set up our first booth at the local school that my youngest son attends. The theme? Home Based Business Fair. We will be setting up a table, if everything goes on schedule, to showcase our talents to the public. It will be happening on March 25, 2010 and is in conjunction with the Lymburn elementary school on the west end of Edmonton.

It's going to be an exciting evening for us. Hope to see you there!